“We have no beach left. It’s gone. We have no beach,” Gulf of Mexico rights defender Lorrie Williams has said two months after the April 2010 oil catastrophe. Dolphins and other sea mammals still find the same with their ocean home almost two years later as Mississippi residents witness death along oily Gulf shores and say this is far from normal or over.
Large bottlenose dolphins are found on the Gulf beach, “their mouths agape and their silvery bodies stretched out like aluminum mannequins on the tar ball-littered and Gulf rotten, decaying endangered sea turtles wasting away on the shores,” reports Rocky Kistner of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
Former investigative journalist, Kistner is now a media associate in NRDC’s Washington, D.C. office, working from NRDC’s Gulf Resource Center in Buras, Louisiana.
Recently, four dead endangered Kemp Ridley sea turtles washed ashore in Waveland, only a few of the some 40 decaying sea turtles that have “rolled in with Gulf waves in recent weeks, making a resurgent appearance after spiking in unusual numbers a year ago.”
“It’s surreal what we find out here now,” local photographer Laurel Lockamysays “Sometimes I think this can’t be happening. It’s gotten to the point where I just don’t want to look down at the beach anymore.”
“People don’t know what’s going on down here,” Laurel says. “The oil is still here and things are still dying. BP likes to make all their pretty commercials about how everything’s fine. Well I’m still here too and it’s not.
Laurel vows, “But I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing to show people what’s really going on here.”
She calls Gulfport shores ‘death beach’ where she recently “smelled something bad. After poking around in the sand, she found the nauseating source; a dead baby dolphin’s tail, decomposing and buried not more than a few inches in the sand.”
The Gulf die-off has impacted 28 species of the majestic dolphins plus whales and porpoises.
It is feared that the “stranded,” mostly dead, dolphins have ingested something affecting their reproduction: heavy metals in the oil, Corexit dispersant, or oil-eating bacteria.
No mammal is as much like humans as dolphins. There is also fear the same reproductive diseases are impacting Gulf coast residents but not publicly disclosed.
The Exxon Valdez spill killed over 200,000 birds (including hundreds of eagles), 3,000 sea mammals, 20 whales, and billions of fish eggs in an accident that permanently wiped out the Alaskan Gulf herring population. That oil disaster was less than 1/10th the size of the ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe.
Since the 2010 Gulf oil catastrophe began, scientists have been studying the cause of Gulf mutated fish appearing and the Gulf dolphin die-off: adults, stillborn or that died soon after birth.
Corexit “dispersant-oil mixture is killing marine wildlife, including dolphins, whales and fish, while also causing a range of serious human health effects to those who have been exposed,” 1planet1ocean president Dr. David Guggenheim has stated..
After almost two years of the nation’s and the world’s worst environmental catastrophe, possibly beat only by the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, the Gulf oil volcano continues to erupt, filling the world’s 6th largest body of water.
The Gulf dolphins and whales continue to die.
The Gulf human toll including girls and women who bleed and miscarry from reproductive health disease continue to be injured.
The government-BP partnership continues reporting no public health crisis exists in the Gulf Coast region and that the food web is not being altered.
Louisiana seafood and tourist industries continue promoting the same dangerous “Safe Gulf Seafood” myth.
The Gulf smoking gun man, Bob Kaluza continues to remain free from testifying in court.
And non-renewable energy industry’s biggest friend, the Obama administration, continues to act against best interest of the public, having recently approved BP to recommence its Gulf drilling as well as approving the sourthern part of the XL pipleine, crude low blows to human rights to health.
Rocky Kistner, “Mississippi Residents Find Death Along Oily Gulf Shores,” NRDC/Huffington Post
Also see: Gulf Operation
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